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The Songs of War – Huddersfield Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Richard Farnes Soloists: Fflur Wyn (soprano), Johnny Herford (baritone) Chorus: Opera North Youth Ensembles Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Songs of War was remarkable in several ways. It included the world premiere of a “micro-opera”, Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle, commissioned by Opera North specifically for performance by its Youth Ensembles. It featured ...

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Opera North: Un Ballo In Maschera – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Having been distracted by the war, Gustavo, King of Sweden, returns home desperate to see the love of his life. Trouble is, the woman in question, Amelia, is his best friend’s wife. So begins the simple but powerful tale of a love triangle that is never going to ...

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Opera North’s Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung – The Lowry, Salford

Jeni Bern as Woglinde, Madeleine Shaw as Wellgunde and Sarah Castle as Flosshilde

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford English titles: Simon Rees Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tonight is the culmination of an intensive week of opera and Opera North have maintained a level of outstanding quality from start to finish that would be difficult to match by most opera companies in the country. The Ring Cycle ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Siegfried – The Lowry, Salford

Richard Roberts as Mime and Lars Cleveman as Siegfried

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford Conductor: Richard Farnes English titles: Simon Rees Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent It's strange to think that Wagner began with the opera Siegfried as a starting point for the entire Ring Cycle. He believed that out of all of them, this would be performed in isolation the most. Ironically history has shown ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Die Walküre – The Lowry, Salford

Kelly Cae Hogan as Brünnhilde and Michael Weinius as Siegmund. Photo credit: Clive Barda

Composer: Richard Wagner Concert staging and design concept: Peter Mumford English titles: Simon Rees Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Tonight's instalment of the The Ring Cycle is arguably the most iconic of Wagner's work. Perhaps even the most striking image in opera. For who doesn't conjure that stereotypical tableux of ladies in “viking” helmets heralding war? Opera North's Die ...

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Opera North’s The Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold – The Lowry, Salford

Michael Druiett as Wotan, Jo Pohlheim as Alberich and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Loge - in Opera North's Das Rheingold

Composer: Richard Wagner English text: Simon Rees Associate Director: Joe Austin Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent And thus commences twenty and half hours of opera as Opera North embark on presenting Wagner's Ring Cycle in its entirety. A colossal undertaking and the epitome of an operatic experience. At a running time of two hours and forty minutes Das Rheingold ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Lutosławski, Mahler – Huddersfield Town Hall

Image of a violin

Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In July 2016, Richard Farnes leaves his post after 12 years as Music Director of Opera North. His tenure has been remarkably successful in many ways, not least his relationship with the orchestra which, already excellent in 2004, has reached new heights under his stewardship. His final concert in the Kirklees Concert Season was ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Wagner & Strauss – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Conductor: Aleksandar Markovic Soloist: Emma Bell (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson In recent years, through the Leeds Town Hall semi-stagings under Music Director Richard Farnes, the Orchestra of Opera North has gained a reputation as a top-class Wagner orchestra. However, in the opening concert of the Kirklees season, despite two Wagner pieces on the programme, the focus was very much on ...

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